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Questions inappropriately closed are too hard to reopen

What are the commonest checkmating moves in the Lichess (or similar) database? has been closed by 2 people. How is it that 2 people are sufficient to close a question, while 5 are required to reopen ...
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What should we do about the guess the password chess puzzles?

There have been a few of these posted lately. I have been down-voting and casting a vote to close. It's been pointed out that as puzzles, they are technically on topic, however, they aren't very ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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New FEN diagram changes?

I noticed diagrams seemed to have changed from gray and white to a much more vibrant tan and brown scheme as of today or so. What others change have been implemented, if any?
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Opinions vs statistics: Polls?

So, yesterday someone from my chess club claimed that he had problem with keeping the overview of the real board - he was accustomed to online chess with "printed" boards. Naturally, playing ...
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Should we allow questions about how to get away with cheating with an engine?

This question* asks how to avoid detection when a human player uses an engine to gain advantage against another human. What's the community consensus as to whether such questions are allowed or should ...
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What is our criteria for deciding opinion-based questions? Are they applied consistenly?

What are the criteria for a question in this website to be considered opinion-based, and is it somewhat consistenly applied? Such criteria would be necessary for moderators for a topic like chess. I ...
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Editing Questions for more inclusive language

There were suggested edits to the following question. What is the status for EIGHT man endgame tablebases? The edits were to replace "man" with "piece". The reason for the edit &...
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Homepage Spammed - Again

Today, the home page was spammed (again) with edits or answers by "user 34927". It bumped a ton of questions and now the home page is quite crowded. First, what happened? Second, this is the ...
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June 5 Strike - Who, What, When, Why, and How to Join

Following from Stack Overflow, and as other sites will soon have to (if they don't already have them, I have decided, with some approval, to announce the upcoming June 5 strike on this child meta. It ...
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Why was this reopened?

This question was closed for being off-topic and better suited for community building by me, a bunch of other users, and a moderator (I think Brian Towers) yesterday. Then Federico Potoni removed some ...
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Why does spam get an upvote?

This question was pretty clearly spam. And yet, based on users reputation (5 currently) and this being there only post, there must of been an upvote? Why? Spam shouldn't get upvotes? I know it will ...
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Submitting multiple answers to a puzzle question

For puzzle questions / construction challenges like this one: Longest sequence of moves where number of available moves increases one may first come up with an initial answer and then later come up ...
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Your new site design is live!

As you can see, the new design just went live! At this point, we are done with major revisions to the design (although you can still report CSS/styling bugs by starting a new post and tagging it with ...
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Acceptability of ChatGPT generated answers on Chess SE

Chess is different when it comes to forms of artificial intelligence. We use chess engines all the time (except when playing serious games) and using them to answer questions is so normal that it is ...
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Chess site design and logo — Draft

Chess community! I’m Chloe, the designer at Stack Exchange who’s working on the upcoming Chess site theme for you. I reviewed your responses to my initial post, and below you'll find the site design I ...
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Late closing of opinion-based post?

Post closed as late as 2023Jan20 What is it about Magnus Carlsen? Even Brian Towers ♦ edited Jul 20, 2019 at 11:33 (I assume mod at the time? Or not?) But only 3.5 years later Post Closed as "...
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Question is about Kramnik Topalov how come there's an answer in general?

How do Kramnik and Topalov indicate a resignation when they play together? The question: Which raises the question - how do they go about resigning when playing each other without creating confusion ...
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How big of a problem is it that upvotes are received not by the quality of the answer but by the popularity of the question?

I noticed quite frequently already, that answers that I consider very good and where I (or others) have put in a lot of effort and research are not (only) rewarded by upvotes by their quality but by a ...
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How can I make a chances question not opinion-based? [duplicate]

Perhaps this is different for sports / gaming SE sites, but I notice similar questions on say Law SE or Academia SE eg Asking the chances of a particular legal strategy: Would it be / have been ...
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Why was the analyse immortal draw question deleted an hour ago?

How do I analyse immortal draw? I really don't get this game at all. 1 day I just heard about it. I plugged it into lichess. But apparently lichess analysis is getting it wrong. It says move X is a ...
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What is unclear here please?

Farmbitrage: Fixed starting rating for chess960 causes loophole to easily get 2000 rating?
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Why was the endgame post deleted 9 minutes ago?

Here's the post: https://chess.stackexchange.com/questions/35641/practical-endgame-resources-whats-next-after-josh-waitzkins-series-in-chess I was just submitting an edit for re-opening after this ...
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Why was my shogi question closed and then later re-opened? Who was wrong, and why?

I did spend a lot of time to write that 2nd xiangqi post. The Chess960 analogue in shogi, xiangqi, etc The Chess960 analogue in xiangqi Hope this site will not be so hasty in closing questions by too ...
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Are the people asking questions citing engine analysis without giving a diagram the same person?

They cite a game, describe a position in words, quote some inconclusive engine analysis, and ask for an answer. Examples: Botvinnik vs Kholmov 1969: is the knight endgame riddle being solved? Did ...
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Should this question be closed?

Computer science/chess related master's thesis [closed] I want to link this person with a new initiative in mathematical chess problems which was started from an article in the Spanish magazine ...
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What should be the 1.e4 and 1.d4 tag info

1.e4 tag has a tag info as follows: e4 is White's most common first move (except at the top grandmaster level). It tends to produce open games. Do we have any sources that shows "except at the ...
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Moderator deletion of critical comments: Abuse of Power?

This week, while browsing through the site, I happened to come across two of moderator Brian Towers' answers (1, 2). I disagreed with large parts (though not all) of the points raised within, and ...
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Custom Chess SE design and logo - Information gathering

Congratulations, Chess SE community! We’re going to be creating a custom site design for you that we hope will represent your subject and we want you all to really love it. You’ve been waiting three ...
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Related questions

Surely has an answer already (at least on another SE). Asking more than one question in one post endangers you to "Maybe I could have been more focused" (Lloyd Cole) - but what if those two ...
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How to disable PGN viewer showing "NN - NN"?

If nothing is put in for the title, the PGN viewer shows "NN - NN" as the title, which is confusing and distracting. How can this be suppressed by default? [FEN ""]
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How to curb toxic behaviour in downvoting?

I am very disappointed to see that a recent question by a complete newcomer was given -5 votes. See Who created the most chess problems? for a particularly nasty recent example of Stack Exchange's ...
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Collaboratively Building the Syllabus of a Chess Curriculum

Is it against the rules of this forum to collaboratively build the syllabus of a chess curriculum? If not, we need suggestions on how to proceed and we need to add the tag 'curriculum' from now on.
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Why there is no tag for classical chess related questions?

I wanted to ask a question related to the classical format of chess. To my surprise, I did not find any tag for the classical-related chess questions. It would be really great if any mod could create ...
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Actively encouraging titled players to use this site

According to this answer, there is not even one grandmaster on Chess Stackexchange. What a pity, especially when one considers the abundance of top experts and famous professors on e.g. Math Overflow. ...
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Your input is welcome for the Anniversary blog

Chess Stack Exchange is turning 10 years old this quarter, so it's time for a big party an entry in Stack Exchange's quarterly anniversary blog post! As you can see, we'll be getting a paragraph ...
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Does it matter if British or American English is used?

Once someone edited my post due to changing British to American English, e.g. 'memorise' to 'memorize'. Does it really matter? I am not criticisng that it is wrong, just curious if American language ...
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Is there a "sandbox" for Chess.SE?

E.g. on Code Golf, there is a sandbox where people post their posts first inside there for people to review and see if it's interesting before the user posts it. Does Chess.SE have something like this?...
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Received downvotes for most of my questions

Is someone targeting my questions and downvoting them all? Basically all my questions have downvotes.
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How many minor edits in a day is too much?

Related: Policy regarding mass minor edits The post Why do we make small edits to very old posts? seems really more about age of post than "size" of the edit. Including just for completeness....
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Is it necessary to put backticks for moves? [duplicate]

E.g. Rg6, is it better to put backticks so it becomes Rg6 instead? Especially for longer moves e.g. 1. e4 e5 2. ... I think it looks nicer and more readable with the backticks. Any opinions?
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Someone just downvoted my answer and question without any reason [duplicate]

Recently, I noticed that someone just downvoted one answer and question of mine in a short period of time without any comments. I suspect a possible hater. What should I do? I have asked for ...
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How should we serve users who cannot access images?

Suppose we accept that images are allowed, at least sometimes, as discussed in Whether or not images instead of FEN/PGN are allowed. Now the question is: How should we serve users who cannot access ...
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Is the Story Chess a bad fit for the site? If not, how can it be improved?

As I type this, my question about Story Time Chess has 3 close votes and 2 down votes. I realize this question is different than many questions on Chess SE, but it's not clear to me that it is a ...
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What happened to the @stackchess Twitter account?

I don't know if @stackchess is an official Twitter account for Chess SE but there are links in the edit parts of the posts to this Twitter account so I assume it is official. It seems to be suspended ...
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Illegal rook move?

While typing out a replayer example game for What are the most possible total pawn captures for a game?, I came across the following rook move that is seemingly not allowed, 14. Rc6 [FEN ""] ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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Does this site also work like codegolf/puzzling and support posing chess problems to other members? [duplicate]

Is that a valid usage of this stack? If not yet, has it been considered?
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Should we create tags named after chess players?

We've got plenty of tags named after chess players (famous and not): fischer tal kasparov karpov alekhine carlsen nakamura nepomniachtchi ding anand aronian kramnik jovanka-houska Most of them have ...
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